"Triglav III" by Marko Pernhart‘I Love This Life’ and Other Poetry by Janice Canerdy The Society June 12, 2018 Beauty, Humor, Poetry 19 Comments I Love This Life a rondeau I love this life in spite of all the trying times and every wall I must tear down to find success, although sometimes my happiness is thwarted, slowing to a crawl. When lofty expectations fall back to the earth, when I feel small and uninspired, still I express I love this life. When joy is overwhelmed by pall, I’m always able to recall good times; then peace dispels duress. When I’m assured the Lord will bless with sweetness stronger than the gall, I love this life. In Praise of Lovely Homes Relaxing on the porch as darkness fell, I sipped iced tea, reflecting on my day. There was breathtaking beauty all around, the perfect lawn, a pleasure to survey. I’d had a scrumptious meal with fine red wine and watched a Lifetime romance on TV. I’d waltzed around the den as CD’s played the tunes I love the best by Kenny G. Then came my thirty-minute bubble bath, so warm and soothing. While still damp, I lay, just briefly, on the comfy bed. I dressed and used a lightly-scented body spray. That’s when I got the tea and came outside to relish what should be the best of nights. Euphoria was at a height—AND THEN IT STOPPED! I saw two brightly glaring lights. The Johnsons, owners of the house, were back two days before they were supposed to be! I tossed the tea glass in a well-pruned shrub and fled before they got a glimpse of me. The Blakes’ weeklong vacation will begin tomorrow. Like the Johnsons, they will hide their house key in a fake rock near the porch. Man, I can hardly wait to get inside! Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. Her poems and prose writings have appeared in several publications, including Society of Classical Poets Journal, Wild Violet, Light Quarterly, The Road Not Taken, Lyric, Parody, Bitterroot, Cyclamens and Swords, Westward Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Better Than Starbucks, Indiana Voice Journal and Southern Tablet; and anthologies, including those published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Whispering Angel Books, and Quill Books. Her first book, Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishing), was published in December 2016. Related Post ‘Oak’ and Other Poetry by Jeffrey Essmann Oak In quiet awe before a solid oak in summer bloom, I thought: to such as these my Saxon kin of long ago bespoke their pagan prayers—a source of ... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 19 Responses E. V. June 12, 2018 Your lovely poem, I Love This Life, could help someone in distress remember that good and bad come in cycles … and sometimes we have to hold on, waiting for the good to come around again. I loved the twist in the second poem! Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 E.V., THANK YOU so much for your kind words! Janice Reply J. Simon Harris June 12, 2018 I’m glad I finished reading your second poem, “In Praise of Lovely Homes”. I didn’t much like it at first, and almost stopped reading just before the turn. But I didn’t stop, and I was very pleased with the ending. What a funny twist! Thanks for brightening up my afternoon! Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 J., I’m very glad to know you got a kick out of my poem. Thanks for taking time to comment! Janice Reply James A. Tweedie June 12, 2018 The sacred and profane complement each other well! Each a gem in its own right. More, please. Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 James, your kind words are MOST welcome! Janice Reply C.B. Anderson June 12, 2018 Forrest Gump could not have said it better. Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 Hi, C.B., Hmmm . . . Forrest Gump. Thanks, I think (??). Not sure what you mean. Janice Reply Carb Deliseuwe June 12, 2018 The rondeau strengthens the clichéd “I Love This Life” every step of the way with nice turns of phrase. The narrator of “In Praise of Lovely Homes” is definitely a leader in leisure; its naughty humour is delicious, clever, and unique. Touché. Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 Carb, I’m so glad you liked the poems, even the cliched one! Thanks for taking time to comment. Janice Reply David Watt June 13, 2018 The unexpected twist and clever humor of ‘In Praise of Lovely Homes’ makes for delightful reading. ‘I Love This Life’ is equally well executed, the salt to ‘In Praise of Lovely Homes’ pepper. Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 David, your comments are MOST welcome. Thanks so much. Janice Reply Fr. Richard Libby June 14, 2018 I liked both poems, but laughed out loud at the end of “In Praise of Lovely Homes”. Congratulations! Reply Janice Canerdy June 14, 2018 I truly appreciate your kind words! Thank you for taking the time to comment. Janice Reply David Hollywood June 16, 2018 Two very enjoyable poems. Thank you. Reply Janice Canerdy June 16, 2018 David, I’m so glad you enjoyed my poems! Janice Reply Dave Whippman June 16, 2018 “In Praise of Lovely Homes” is well-written with a great twist in the story. Reply Janice Canerdy June 16, 2018 Hi, Dave, I’m very glad you liked the poem! Janice Reply Nyashadzashe Chikumbu June 20, 2018 Wow this is really soothing, I loved the lines ‘When lofty expectations fall back to the earth, when I feel small and uninspired, still I express I love this life.’ It has made my days. Your works are inspiring. Great work ! 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